Marco Viceconti

Professor of Industrial Bioengineering, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, IT Visiting Professor, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK

Marco Viceconti is a specialist of in silico medicine. Founder, first Director and Past President of the VPH Institute, he also initiated the Avicenna Alliance, where he serves as member of the Board of Directors. He founded and directed for seven years the Insigneo Institute, the largest research institute on in silico medicine in Europe. Prof Viceconti is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and a member of the World Council of Biomechanics.

Peter M.A. Sloot

Professor of Complex Adaptive Systems Scientific Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Amsterdam

Research: I try to understand how natural and man-made systems processes information. I study this ‘natural information processing’ in complex systems by computational modeling and simulation as well as through formal methods. My work is applied to a large variety of disciplines. Recent work has been on the virology and epidemiology of infectious diseases, notably HIV, through Complex Networks. Award: Leading Scientist Award (3.6 M€) (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2010), largest individual scientific award in the world.

Zbigniew Nawrat

Professor HPI (Heart Prostheses Institute) Creative Director of Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development, Assistant Professor Biophisics Department Medical University of Silesia, President of International Society for Medical Robotics, Editor of Medical Robotics Reports

Scientist, inventor, teacher, visionary. Pioneer of artificial organs (artificial heart POLVAD, POLTAH), medical robotics (Robin Heart surgical robot) and methods for optimizing surgical operations by modeling, simulation and virtual reality technology. In 1997-2000 he managed the first simulation project for cardiac surgery. He is the author of the idea and initiator of the ORGANEOM project – human research as a system of interaction between a biological organism and artificial organs. He is responsible in Poland for the European project DIH HERO Robotics in Healthcare.

Holger Gohlke

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, DE

His current research focuses on the understanding, prediction, and modulation of interactions involving biological macromolecules from a theoretical perspective. His group applies and develops techniques grounded in bioinformatics, computational biology, and computational biophysics.

Stefan Zachow

Head of research group: Computational Diagnosis & Therapy Planning; Co-head of the research group: Computational Anatomy & Physiology; Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), Division on Mathematics for Life and Materials Sciences

Dr. Zachow is an expert in medical image analysis and geometry processing, medical image segmentation, model-based therapy planning. His domain is mainly computer-assisted surgery planning with a focus on cranio-maxillofacial surgery as well as orthopaedic surgery. Award: Leading Scientist Award (3.6 M€) (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2010), largest individual scientific award in the world.

Rod Hose

Professor of Computational Biomechanics, University of Sheffield, UK

His research interests are in the development of methods and workflows for the computational analysis of (primarily) cardiovascular systems, and in their translation to clinical application. He was one of the co-authors of the White Paper that launched the European Commission’s Virtual Physiological Human initiative. Most recently he was Scientific Co-ordinator for the Horizon 2020 project EurValve.

Dieter Kranzlmüller

Full professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Computer Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

His scientific focus lies in e-infrastructures, including network and IT management, grid and cloud computing, as well as in high performance computing, virtual reality and visualisation. He has been acting as a reviewer and international expert for several countries and research programmes, and has co-authored more than 300 scientific papers.

Marek Behr

Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems (CATS), Center for Simulation and Data Science (JARA-CSD), RWTH Aachen University, DE

He is interested in physiological model development and in numerical methods for complex fluids. He is serving as the Vice-President of the German Association for Computational Mechanics (GACM). In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM). Award: Leading Scientist Award (3.6 M€) (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2010), largest individual scientific award in the world.

Claire Chalopin

Senior Research Scientist, Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS), Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig, Germany

She is the leader of the Intraoperative Multimodal Imaging group. Her research areas focus on the clinical evaluation of new imaging methods for the surgery, the development of approaches using Artificial Intelligence to support the interpretation of the non-standard image data and the further technical development of imaging devices. She cooperates with international research teams.

Jacek Kitowski

Professor of Department of Computer Science and Head of International Affairs at ACC Cyfronet, AGH University of Science and Technology, PL

His topics of interest include, but are not limited to, large-scale computations, multiprocessor architectures, high availability systems, distributed computing, Grid/Cloud services and Grid/Cloud storage systems, knowledge engineering.

Ewa Deelman

Research Professor, USC Computer Science Dept.; Director, Science Automation Technologies, USC Information Sciences Institute; Principal Scientist, USC Information Sciences Institute

Her group explores the interplay between automation and the management of scientific workflows that include resource provisioning and data management. Deelman pioneered workflow planning for computations executing in distributed environments. Ewa Deelman’s group has lead the design and development of the Pegasus Workflow Management software and conducts research in job scheduling and resource provisioning in distributed systems, workflow performance modeling, provenance capture, and the use of cloud platforms for science.

Knut Koschatzky

Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems- and Innovation Research, DE

His work focuses on Innovation and Regional Economic Theory, Regional Innovation Systems, Innovation Networks, Technology and Innovation Indicators, Innovation Services, Regional Innovation- and Technology Policy, Innovation Financing, New Technology Based Firms

Irena Roterman-Konieczna

President of the Department of Bioinformatics and Telemedicine at Jagiellonian University – Medical College, Kraków, PL

Research interests: Systems Biology, Protein structures, Amyloids, Simulations in Medicine; Specialisation – Bioinformatics. She has written several books in the field of systems biology, protein structures, amyloids and simulations in medicine. She has published more than 25 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of repute.

Richard Clayton

Professor of Computational Physiology, Insigneo Institute for in-silico Medicine and Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK

His research interests are focussed on developing physics-based and mechanistic computational models and simulations as tools to examine the structure and function of human tissues and organs.

Jerzy Gąsowski

Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, PL

Agnieszka Szymańska

Deputy Director for Administrative Affairs at the Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet AGH in Cracow; President of the Sano Foundation Council

Agnieszka is a graduate (M. Sc.) of the Cracow University of Economics. At ACC Cyfronet AGH she is responsible in particular for administrative and organisational affairs, human resources, formal and legal matters, as well as public procurement. In her free time she practices sports – horse riding, volleyball, cycling and skiing.

Tanja Bratan

Coordinator of the "Innovations in the Healthcare System" Business Unit in the "Emerging Technologies" Competence Center at Fraunhofer ISI

Has a background in e-health and more than 15 years of professional experience in healthcare innovation research in Germany and the UK. This includes various large-scale evaluations, technology assessment projects and collaborations with medtech researchers and companies focusing, among others, on rare diseases, assistive technologies and artificial intelligence in healthcare. In her free time she enjoys various outdoor activities, vegan cooking and making and repairing things.

Andrew Narracott

Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Mechanics in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease and Director of Operations for Insigneo at the University of Sheffield

Andrew has 20 years’ experience in EC and international research projects, including a six-month research fellowship at the RIKEN Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He is Sheffield’s Principal Investigator for the Sano project, coordinating the contribution of Insigneo in facilitating Sano to develop and translate innovative solutions for computational medicine. Andrew’s work is strongly focused on identifying and progressing the fundamental and readily-translatable elements of computational physiology, to advance clinical practice.

Kazimierz Murzyn

Managing Director of the LifeScience Krakow Cluster and President of the Klaster LifeScience Krakow Foundation

He deals with innovation and entrepreneurship as well as assessment and transfer of technologies applicable in the field of health and quality of life. He is an expert in strategic planning, scenario planning, creative problem solving and project management. He possesses knowledge and skills in analyzing and modeling complex learning systems.